For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. Ephesians 6:15 NLT
The shoes written about here were likely those of a Roman soldier. They would have been leather much like sandals. They had laces up the front for getting the right fit and openings in them so the feet could breathe. On the bottom were spikes like nails that allowed the soldier to set their foot firmly in the ground and keep it from slipping. Allowing them to be ready for attack. Ready. Prepared.
That soldier’s sandal acted as the firm foundation so that he could stand firm and fight his enemy. So the Bible, God’s Holy Word is for us. It is our foundation. If we read it, listen to it, study it, and talk about it everyday, its promises become second nature to us. And we realize we are fully prepared. And there is peace.
Peace. We long for it. Search for it. Plead with God for it. It seems though, that as Paul writes in Ephesians, our peace can be found in the Good News, the word of God. Perhaps that is the only place it can truly be found.
When trials come, we can recite to ourselves that if God is for us who can be against us. And when we are afraid we can say out loud that God has told us to be strong and very courageous and do the work. Because he is with us always. Even if we can see no way out with our physical eye and human mind and the pain is so great, we can remember that our God will supply all our needs. The gospel prepares us with peace.
And when you know that you know that you know that God is for you and that no weapon formed against you will prosper, you face each challenge with peace. It may not turn out how you planned or even hoped. And you will face it down with peace in your heart knowing that the Master has your back. He will keep us in perfect peace.
It seems odd doesn’t it? That the full armor of God has little back covering. The breastplate, the shield, even the belt of truth, they are all used to protect our front. So if we turn tail and run when trouble comes, we will likely receive damaging blows from the enemy. But when we stand firm and face trouble head on, we can lean against God and keep fighting – with His Word. In our hearts and on our lips.
And that friends is the perfect peace that passes understanding. Selah…
Your Turn: What scripture do you turn to when you need peace? Do you put on the full armor of God everyday? How has it made a difference in your peace? ~ Breath on Paper